Live At The Abject & Unusual Music Festival / No Stairs
Charles Rice Goff III
Killr “Mark” Kaswan
On April 30th, 1988, Disism performed before a large audience outdoors on the grounds of the University Of California at Berkeley at the “Bay Area Abject And Unusual Music Festival.” Seven other experimental acts also took part of the festival, which had been primarily organized by John Ayres of Iao Core. The day of the festival coincided with a day of orientation for the University. Thousands of potential future students and their parents toured the campus as they were serenaded by a near continuous stream of bizarre and disturbing noises. By the time Disism took the stage that afternoon, a big crowd had gathered on the grass around the stage, and a great number of people were strolling about on the sidewalks nearby, giving the air of an experimental “Woodstock” to the whole affair.
Disism performed through a Frippertronic-style tape loop system. The duo used a large number of instruments and non-instruments to improvise soundscape atmospheres. They also fed sounds from modified phonograph records and prerecorded tapes into the tape loop system.
Later in 1988, some of the recordings made by Disism at this event were released by Taped Rugs Productions and by Sound Of Pig Music of New York on a cassette entitled: “No Stairs.” Also included on this cassette was the title track: “No Stairs,” a piece which centered around recordings of verbiage spoken/sung by Timothy Burden-Armstrong and by Dan Kaswan. In addition, the cassette included a 45 minute practice session for the festival entitled: “A Couple Of Pancakes.” In 1998, a Taped Rugs compilation of unreleased recordings entitled: “Remnants From Magic Carpets” was released to the public and included a piece from the festival that did not appear on No Stairs. This cassette was co-released by EE Tapes of Belgium. In 2006, Taped Rugs released a CDR containing all of the recordings made at the festival (and nothing else).
All of the recordings mentioned above are included in this archive.
From the Abject And Unusual Music Festival:
1 Ollie’s Laundromat
2 Pancake Make Up
3 He’s Got The Whole Pig In His Hands
4 Double Stop Hop
The 45 minute pre-festival practice session, recorded April 24th, 1988:
5 A Couple Of Pancakes
6 No Stairs
BUT WAIT, THERE’S ONE MORE BONUS INCLUDED IN THIS ARCHIVE:
A video, shot and edited by Oakland avant garde artist DD Downer of some slices from Disism’s performance of “Pancake Make Up.” The Frippertronics tape loop system, phonograph, cassette decks, electronic guitar, trombone, hub cap, oil can, etc. -- are all there to see in this psychedelic bit of film.
Copyright 1988, 1998, 2006
by Taped Rugs Productions